‘Why Study the South? Southern Studies in the 21st Century’


Friends of the Library of The University of the South invites you to attend a special lecture by John Grammer, Professor of English. Grammer will be the featured speaker for the fourth annual Tom Watson Memorial Lecture, a lecture series designed to remember and honor the legacy of Tom Watson, University Librarian from 1976-81; 1994-2004. The Friends meeting will be held in the Torian Room of Jessie Ball duPont Library on Wednesday, Nov. 13, at 4:30 p.m. Taking as its focus the plans for Sewanee’s Center for Southern Studies, Grammer’s talk will discuss the opportunities and obligations that arise when we study the Southern region – its past and its present – right now.

John Grammer is a professor of English at the University of the South, where he teaches classes American Literature and American Studies. He received his B.A. at Vanderbilt University and his Ph.D. at the University of Virginia. His 1996 book “Pastoral and Politics in the Old South” won the C. Hugh Holman Award as the best book of the year in Southern literary study, and his essays and reviews have appeared in American Literary History, the Oxford American, The Southern Literary Journal, The Sewanee Review and other journals, and in such books as The Dictionary of Literary Biography, The Encyclopedia of Southern Culture, and Blackwell’s Guide to the Literature and Culture of the American South. He founded The Sewanee School of Letters and directed it for 12 years. Currently he is leading the effort, supported by a Mellon grant, to establish a Center for Southern Studies at the University of the South.

A reception will follow the talk.

More information about Friends of the Library can be found at their website <http://libguides.sewanee.edu/FOL>. If you have questions about the reading or joining the Friends, please contact Tim Garner at (931) 598-1265 or <tegarner@sewanee.edu>.